Jared White
Writer. Musician. Open Web Advocate. Programmer. Designer. Sci-Fi Nerd. Family Man.

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Simple Praxis

My new blog which joins the broader movement of progressive Christian writers and thought leaders who are heralding a return to the empire-challenging social justice movement which was the hallmark of Jesus’ ministry and of his disciples.

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INTERSECT

Published by my web software company Whitefusion, INTERSECT features articles about supporting the open web, security & privacy, UI/UX, and Ruby programming.

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Yarred

My alter ego as a producer of synthwave, chillout, and thematic electronica. Yarred combines cutting-edge DJ-style live groove production with classic keyboard playing on analog and digital synthesizers.

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Been going through my photos at Cannon Beach this summer and picking out the cream of the crop. This is one of those places that gets hyped up as a big tourist destination, but it’s absolutely justified. One of the best oceanside experiences I’ve ever had my life. #oregonexplored

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Tim Cook's Apple

Tim Cook wasn’t and isn’t a product person, not like Jobs. He didn’t dream up the next world-changing device. What he did was make those dreams a reality. Famously, he didn’t invent the iPad. He figured out how to make it for $500.

It would have been easy for Cook and his cool, steady Southern charm, to have continued as CEO much as he had as COO — running things by the numbers. But, even early on, Cook showed signs of something more.

A good summary by Rene Ritchie on Tim Cook’s seven year tenure as CEO of Apple.

In my opinion, Cook has been a better CEO than Steve Jobs. Jobs was a jerk, but he was also a creative visionary. Cook is neither a jerk nor a visionary, but he’s able to effectively lead visionary people at Apple while also standing for vital principles such as privacy and security.

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@jared@openweb.social on Mastodon

The “business model” (if any) and development model of Mastodon vs. App.net (may it rest in peace) is radically different…however I see them as both fulfilling the same important need on the web: aligning the goals of a social network with the needs of its community, rather than the actual paying customers of nearly all proprietary social networks: advertisers.

Mastodon is nothing without the community. And I love that.

So I’ve been on Mastodon, the #openweb federated social network, for a while now. I’ve seen it grow and grow, and lately with all the wackiness with Nazis and other unsavory characters on Twitter—combined with the mind-numbing lack of awareness on the part of Twitter’s top brass—I’m seeing a ton of “influencers” in the tech/geek crowd migrating over to Mastodon. It’s very exciting. What’s also exciting is I decided to set up my own instance of Mastodon! It’s called (oh how I love that I was able to snag this domain name): OpenWeb.social. The link above lets you see my account there, and you’re welcome to sign up on the instance if you want to try out Mastodon yourself. I’ll be happy to show you around!

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Trailer for Free Solo: in Theaters This Fall

“Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” —The New York Times

So this guy climbed up the side of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. By himself. Without a rope. If you’re already getting queasy and feeling a touch of vertigo just thinking about that prospect, you’re not alone! I definitely look forward to seeing this documentary film—the subject matter is truly astounding—but I’m not so sure my stomach is ready for the ride…

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Megan Westra recently asked an interesting question on Twitter: “what have you done in the last year to decenter and/or deconstruct whiteness in your life?” I appreciated her question and answered it thusly:

I’ve come to admit my white privilege. I used to recoil at the idea, thinking if I hadn’t personally committed any overt racist acts, I was not a racist and thus not to blame for anything. I’ve since come to realize I have a reponsibility to fight back against systemic racism.

If I’d had more room in my tweet, I would have admitted I’m not sure what the most effective way is for me fight against racism and #bigotry, but I do know I’ve started by examining my own actions. I intentionally try to go out of my way to listen to and respect the voices and art of people of color, and I encourage their promotion in all fields of endeavor. And if I’m ever given any authority to recommend candidates for a team, panel, conference, whatever…I intend to put in a lot of effort to find people from the margins to make sure they get first dibs. This doesn’t make me a great person. It just means I’ve grown a little bit more aware than some of my white peers, for which I am grateful.

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I Wasn't Bullied as a Child, But I Got Made Fun Of a Lot

I know everybody has some type of complex that they deal with internally. And many people would probably say that while I may be short, at least I’m Intelligent, or have good hair or cool tattoos. I am definitely thankful for the things that I have in my life, but I have always had an issue with being short. It started in middle school when boys used to call me “small fry” or “bug,” etc. Throughout high school, many of my good friends were really tall, and even one of my best friends would call out about how small my hands were.

Fast forward almost 20 years later, and (as I mentioned earlier) people still comment on how short I am. I never really put that much thought into why I hated it so much. I would just try to push it out of my mind as quickly as possible and leave the conversation. It wasn’t until a recent bachelorette party with friends from high school that I realized how much I was bothered by it. Not by the fact that I’m short, but by having been picked on because of it my entire life.

I appreciated reading this article by Shana Bull because I can relate—not that I’m short, but because I got made fun of when I was young too. I was a really chubby kid and a bit of a klutz, and so I grew up thinking of myself as being just hopelessly nerdy and out of shape. Not athletic in the least. Certainly not “cool” in any sense.

It’s taken many years for me to get the point where I feel good about my body. Loosing weight, going to the gym, walking and running a lot…all things that have helped my mindset change. I’m not saying I’m ready to join a sports league now 😜, but I definitely no longer feel like the fat klutz of my youth.

It’d hard to shake off the labels people place on us. One of my primary goals as a parent is to help my kids feel confident in who they are and how they were created; to know that they have the power to define for themselves what they want out of life and to ignore the external voices of ignorance. I realize I can’t stop people from making fun of them, but I can help them resist the temptation to take it to heart.

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BELIEVE THE HYPE. I just got out of seeing Mission: Impossible - Fallout and it’s as good as everyone’s saying. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s an incredibly well-constructed movie…every little detail. A+ acting. Luscious visuals. Score was jaw-dropping. I don’t often say this but I’ll say it now: I give M:I-F 5 out of 5 stars! Without a doubt one of the best #movies of 2018.

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Now that Bird e-scooters have come to #portland, I was finally able to see what all the fuss is about. Infrastrucure and safety issues aside…wow, these are fun to ride! I got the same thrill of excitement when accelerating as I did when I first tried an e-assist bike a couple of years ago. I didn’t go very far because I forgot to bring a helmet and didn’t want to tempt fate, but I can definitely imagine using these a lot whenever I come into town (as long as I remember to bring my helmet!).

Oh, and here’s phrase I never thought I’d hear uttered: The Portland Scooter War.


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